All recreational users should review the general Recreational Use information page and the Important Safety Notice thereon!
In Maine, there are two basic ways that we manage recreational lands.
On certain lands at the western end of the Golden Road in northern Somerset County are part of the North Maine Woods management system. Please visit their website for information on access, uses, and fees.
On most other Wagner-managed lands, the following recreational uses are generally allowed without a fee:
- Pedestrian access for traditional uses (such as hunting and fishing)
- Driving open roads in standard vehicles
Overnight camping is not allowed, except in sites specifically designated with Maine Forest Service signs. Site-specific campfire permits are required to kindle fires at these sites, and must be obtained from either the town fire warden or, in unorganized towns, the Maine Forest Service. Otherwise, no fires may be kindled on Wagner-managed lands.
Wagner manages recreational leases for camp lots on these lands. These are typically year-to-year leases of camp lots that have existed for a long time. We have not been creating new lease lots, and we have no plans to do so. At times, Wagner will assist a camp owner in finding a purchaser for their camp. You may email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about our recreational leasing program.
There are some commercial sporting camps and campgrounds that operate on or adjacent to Wagner managed lands, as well, including:
The State of Maine has entered into ATV and/or snowmobile trail agreements with Wagner and many of its clients. Under these agreements, local clubs may work with the state to designate and maintain trails. ATVs may only be used pursuant to Wagner’s ATV Policy, which generally restricts use to designated trails.
Coos Canyon Rock and Gift Shop administers free recreational prospecting permits for Wagner. Please visit their website for further details.
Balsam Fir Tipping permits are available for a fee. Permits are issued each year starting October 1. Please call Wagner’s Bangor office at 207.990.0050 for further information.
Hunting and Trapping
Hunting for deer, upland birds, moose and small game is allowed, subject to Maine regulations and the following Wagner policies:
Wagner’s ATV policy also allows for the retrieval of downed large game in some instances.
Wagner also allows the trapping of small fur-bearing animals (excluding black bears), subject to Maine regulations and the terms of our policy.
In accordance with recommended management strategies from the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, Wagner offers bear bait permits for a fee. Please call Wagner’s Roxbury field office at 207.369.9759 for further information. Only bear bait permit holders may use hounds on Wagner-managed lands during bear season, and only subject to permit conditions.
Wagner also offers permits for the non-commercial hunting of coyotes. Please call 207.369.9759 to request a free permit, and be ready to provide the township where the proposed bait site is located and GPS coordinates for the site. These permits also allow hunting coyotes at night in season.
Bird dogs are not considered under our hunting with hounds policy, and are allowed on Wagner-managed lands during upland bird seasons.
Any commercial guide or other venture making use of Wagner-managed lands and roads for recreational purposes (whether for hunting, wildlife observation, rafting access, or any other purpose) must contact Wagner at 207.369.9759 to discuss appropriate permissions and to provide evidence of adequate insurance coverage.